Facebook often comes into play during natural disasters or other crisis situations as a means for users to check on friends and loved ones, or alert them that they are safe. The social network introduced a tool Thursday to simplify the process, Safety Check.
There are countless ways for brands on Facebook to entice users to like their posts, but using a seriously injured race-car driver as bait is not a recommended one, as German logistics company DHL discovered this past weekend.
The goal of Internet.org – the initiative launched in August 2013 by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung — is to connect the 4.4 billion people who currently lack access to the Internet, but a mission on such a large scale is not without barriers, and a study released Wednesday by McKinsey & Co., “Offline and Falling Behind: Barriers to Internet Adoption” (embedded below), examines those barriers.
I caught up today with Tavy Ronen, co-owner of The Yarn Co., a yarn shop in Manhattan, to discuss how her small business markets its products around the world using Facebook. The Yarn Co. has six employees, including Ronen and her brother, the other co-owner. Ronen was on a panel at the Facebook Fit conference for small businesses Tuesday at Skylight Clarkson Square in New York. I asked Ronen how she chooses which countries to market to using the social network, why she doesn’t like to schedule posts ahead of time, how lookalike audiences has helped The Yarn Co. boost its number of Facebook fans in only three weeks, and more.
Facebook’s premium video ads are now being offered in seven more countries — Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K. – and the social network is also rolling out new video metrics for all videos uploaded to Facebook worldwide in its page insights and ads reporting.
Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer and predictive media-optimization technology provider Kenshoo is ramping up in the Asia-Pacific region, announcing Wednesday that it will launch versions of its platform in Chinese and Japanese and open a new office in Singapore, joining its existing locations in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney.
Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of Facebook’s acquisition of mobile application-development platform Parse, and the social network said the number of apps built on the platform has soared by some 250 percent in the past year, to more than 260,000.